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Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever (Harvest Original)by Mem Fox
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Bestselling author and literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.
All parents want and expect their children to learn to read, but few realize they can get their kids on the road to reading long before they start school simply by reading aloud to them every day. With passion and humor, acclaimed author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox tells readers how she herself became aware of the astonishing effects that reading aloud and bonding through books have on very young children.
She speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most out of a read-aloud session. She walks readers through the three secrets of reading which together make reading possible. She gives guidance on defining, choosing, and finding good books and closes with tips on dealing effectively with the challenges that sometimes arise when children are learning to read.
Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a must for every parent-and for anyone interested in how children learn to read.
The must-have guide to reading with children, now in a new and revised edition
Best-selling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read. With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and—for this new edition—includes two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of "Twenty Books That Children Love." Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a turn-to classic for educators and parents.
About the Author
Mem Fox is the author of many popular books for children and adults, including Time for Bed, Sleepy Bears, Possum Magic, and Radical Reflections: Passionate Opinions on Teaching, Learning, and Living. A former professor of literacy education, she lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
Judy Horacek is a well-known Australian cartoonist and writer. In addition to writing and illustrating her own books, she creates cartoons that appear
regularly in national magazines. She lives in Dickson, Australia.
Table of Contents
The Foot Book Miracle 1
The Magic in Action 5
Birth, Brains, and Beyond 13
The Power 25
Keep It Regular 31
And Do It Like This 39
Getting the Most Out of It 53
The Proof 75
The First Secret of Reading:
The Magic of Print 79
The Second Secret of Reading:
The Magic of Language 87
The Third Secret of Reading:
The Magic of General Knowledge 103
What Happens When the Three Secrets
of Reading Come Together? 109
"Book! Book! Book!" 125
Television: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 143
Phokissing on Fonix 157
Boys and Reading 173
Twenty Books That Children Love 191
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